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Aretha 'due out of hospital soon'

Aretha Franklin's cousin has said the ailing singer is "doing better than doctors expected" and is likely to be released from the hospital this weekend.

Brenda Corbett tells the Detroit Free Press that the music legend "has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer."

Aretha announced last week that she had undergone a surgical procedure. Neither she nor her publicist have said what is ailing the 68-year-old Queen of Soul.

The Rev Jesse Jackson said he had visited the star four or five times and her spirits "are high and her faith is strong".

Aretha last month cancelled all concert dates and personal appearances on doctors' orders.

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